Wednesday, May 30, 2012

It's punching Jim, but not as we know it

Last week a friend of mine was talking about a card she was making, a punch art Spock, and the following discussion about Red Shirts got me to thinking about doing my own Star Trek card. After a little thinking I realised I had the perfect colours to do the three different shirt colours that they used in the latter series, and with punch art still in my mind I thought of using the tag punch to creat the body of the shirt. And, well, this card was born:
The card is pretty simple, although I suspect some are thinking that it looks like a lot of fiddling around. Creating the shirts was actually really easy, I stamped a Large Tag punch in black and the one in colour for each shirt. To get the triangle of black at the bottom I used the Large Tag punch to cut the section out of the coloured tag, as you can see below:

I then cut about 1cm off the top of the tag, cutting just below the point where the tag tapers to the top.


The communicator badge was painted on using a blender pen and shimmer paint.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Concord Crush, Basic Black, brushed Silver, Real Red, More Mustard, Island Indigo
Stamp set: Short & Sweet
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Large Tag punch, Word Window punch, 3/16" corner rounder punch, blender pen, white shimmer paint, gold shimmer paint, dimensionals

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Rainbow Chevrons

As I promised I'm moving on from the Lace Ribbon punch, but I am returning to the rainbows! This time though I've gone for chevrons, which are pretty trendy at the moment.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise
Stamp set: Perfect Punches
Ink: none!
Accessories: Decorative Label punch, Extra Large Oval punch, markers in Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo,, Tasteful Trims die, dimensionals

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

More Lace Ribbon

I promise, last of the Lace Ribbon cards for a while! Just a few variations for re-using the scraps :-)

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, textured cardstock in Concord Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz
Stamp set: Perfect Punches
Ink: none!
Accessories: Lace Ribbon punch, Decorative Label punch, Extra Large Oval punch, markers in Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Sticky Strip, Subtles brads, Regals brads, dimensionals
Show watched while creating: Sherlock


All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Poppy Parade, So Saffron, textured cardstock in Real Red, Poppy Parade, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise
Stamp set: Perfect Punches
Ink: none!
Accessories: Lace Ribbon punch, Decorative Label punch, Extra Large Oval punch, markers in Poppy Parade, Tempting Turquoise, Sticky Strip, Brights brads, dimensionals
Show watched while creating: Sherlock


All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, textured cardstock in Whisper White, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue
Stamp set: Create A Cupcake
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: Lace Ribbon punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Sticky Strip, dimensionals

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Multi-Colour Lace Ribbon Tutorial

So here it is, a tutorial for the Lace Ribbon punch. Instead of simply remaking the original card for this I made a completely different card for two reasons: black can make it hard to see things sometimes, and you don't have to have an 18-shade rainbow (just in case you were wondering ;) ).

So to start, I punched the strip I will be insterting the little pieces into. I thought white would be nice this time.
Then punch the colours you want inside the lace ribbon. Still liking rainbows here so I chose these ones. These are actually left over from the other card, I kept the little pieces in zip-lock bags. The really little ziplock bags you get spare buttons and things in when you buy an item of clothing come in really handy for this. Individual ones save sorting out later (speaking from experience...), but I also keep the colour families in a larger ziplock bag to make it a little easier to organise.

Attach sticky strip to the back of your lace ribbon piece. Three pieces fit nicely.

Attach lace ribbon to your cardfront or layer. It's hard to see the sticky strip now that the red backing has been removed, but it's there peeking through the 'holes'. I like to attach a slightly larger than needed piece and then trim it down as it is easier to center.

I think start filling the "holes" in. I do the large ones first and then do the smaller inside pieces next to reduce the chance of sticking yourself tot he card (speaking from experience). There's a couple of pieces I ran out of so I had to punch a few more to finish it off.

And here it is, all filled in! You may have noticed that I changed the colour of some of the small inside pieces. I had put a few in place, then after looking at it with all the larger pieces in realised it would look better if I changed how i did those inside pieces. Sticky Strip being very sticky in nature, I had to use the paper piercing tool to carefully dig them out.

And here's the finished card! I like keeping the rest of the card very simple so the lace ribbon really stands out.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Whisper White, textured cardstock in Concord Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Pacific Point
Stamp set: Perfect Punches
Ink: none!
Accessories: Lace Ribbon punch, Decorative Label punch, Extra Large Oval punch, markers in Concord Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Sticky Strip, dimensionals
Show watched while creating: Sherlock

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mums out there :)

Before I get onto the main part of my post I'd like to say thanks to all of you who have posted comments about the Lace Ribbon card I posted the other day, and special thanks to Kim for linking to me from Paper Punch Addiction. To all of you who have mentioned a tutorial, yes I will be working on one! Hopefully I'll have it up soon :)

Now, back to Mother's Day!

Wanting, of course, to make a special card for my Mum I went for specialty paper and used Mocha Morning. The black floral pattern is flocked and lucious, cut with one of the new Framelits dies, layered with Crumb Cake cut with another Framelits die (2 sizes smaller), some beautiful black satin ribbon and we have what I hope my Mum thinks is a classy card :)

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Stamp set: Lovely Letters
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Mocha Morning specialty DSP, Framelits Labels Collection dies, Neutrals brads, Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Basic Black marker, dimensionals


Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Lace Ribbon Rainbow

Have you ever got half way through a project only to find that you don't have all the supplies you need, or want (or thought you had)? It happens to me from time to time, but often I am able to work around the absence of supplies and still get my project finished without too much trouble. However, this time that didn't happen. This time I already had it half stuck together before realising I didn't have textured cardstock in three colours I had planned on using, and there really was no way to work around it. So I have been ina  bit of a rut waiting for the cardstock so I could finish my piece, and because I prefer to photograph a few projects together it's made the wait seem extra long... but I am quite pleased with the results! It was really had to photograph with my usual lighting set up, so I had to do away with my desk lights and just go with the fading afternoon sun for this shot:
I'm a late comer to the Lace Ribbon punch party, but I've got into it in a big way recently and I think this is my best use of it yet! All those little coloured sections were punched out of other pieces of cardstock and transplanted to this one. To make the sticking easier I ran a few strips of Sticky Strip along the back of each lace ribbon piece so I just had to pop the pieces in place and they were stuck! It was a little fiddly, but I am sure I have spent similar amounts of time colouring images so not as time consuming as you might think. When I do this again (yes when not if, I love the results so much!) I won't be using Daffodil Delight or So Saffron for the sentiment :/

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Whisper White, textured cardstock in Basic Black, Concord Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Real Red, Poppy Parade, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Garden Green, Island Indigo, Pacific Point
Stamp set: Create A Cupcake
Ink: none!
Accessories: Lace Ribbon punch, Modern Label punch, markers in Concord Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Real Red, Poppy Parade, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Sticky Strip, dimensionals

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Birthday Enchantment

Two of the freebies you could claim during Sell-a-bration this year was the Everyday Enchantment paper pack, and the matching Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad pack. They do have quite a feminine feel though, so I decided to challenge myself and make a couple of cards that would suit either guys or gals.




Though one card is portrait and the other landscape orientation, both cards have essentially the same layout, just flipped around. I also used largely the same products for both.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Soft Suede (top card only), Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade (bottom card only), Whisper White
Stamp set: Perfect Punches
Ink: none!
Accessories: Everyday Enchantment DSP, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brads, Soft Suede marker, In Color Designer Printed Brads, 3/16" corner rounder, Decorative Label punch, Framelits Label Collection die, dimensionals